Probably my most successful recipe. This beer really holds a special place in my heart. It is a true original and has been brewed by others online….all of which gave excellent reviews on the final product.
I did a lot of research on pumpkin ales. I looked up a few recipes online, comparing them and reading tasting notes their creators posted. With all of this in mind I formulated my own unique recipe and brewed it. I roasted pumpkins, added them to the minimash (this recipe includes some Munich malt with the specialty grains and pumpkins, but is mostly an extract beer), and followed the boil schedule I created. 6 weeks later I kegged and carbed the beer. Then I took a taste.
First at bat: Home Run.
Usually when you’re creating a recipe, it takes a few tries to perfect the beer you want. Brew a batch, make a tweak here or there. Eventually you get it exactly right. But this beer was perfect on the first try. Everybody who’s tried it, loves it. And in all honesty, I can’t drink commercial pumpkin ales anymore. They just don’t compare to it.
My only complaint about this beer isn’t even about the beer itself. It’s about the creation of it. Pumpkins are very difficult to work with in a mash. The mash is very messy, and the sparge is VERY slow. However the resulting beer is always worth the trouble.